Prior to the birth of his second child, Ryan Reynolds was thrilled about being "on the precipice of having a real American family" with wife Blake Lively.

"I mean, I always imagined that would happen, and then it happened," the father of two tells GQ magazine. "Every idiotic Hallmark-card cliche is true."

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Reynolds, 40, and Lively, 29, have been married for four years, and the "Deadpool" star can't help but crack jokes about how he first knew she was the one. "Probably after the sex," he quips.

In all seriousness, the couple's love story is pretty adorable. "We were hanging out at this little restaurant in Tribeca that's open really late, and this song came on and I was just like, 'Want to dance?' No one was in there, so it was just totally empty," Reynolds recalls. "And it was just one of those moments where halfway through the dance, I was like, 'Oh, I think I just crossed a line.' And then I walked her home. And, uh, you know, I don't really need to go into what happened after that."

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While Reynolds tells the magazine that he's "embraced" life more than usual lately, he admits to having a hard time after starring as the beloved comic book character, "Deadpool." "When it finally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes," he confides. "I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, 'You have anxiety.'"